The family of a teenage boy fatally shot while riding his bicycle is asking for information from the public to find his killer.
Sixteen-year-old Bryan Herrera, who was on the way to his friend's house to finish homework, was shot in broad daylight Dec. 22 at the intersection of Northwest 11th Avenue and 39th Street, Miami Police said. His destination was only four blocks away.
Herrera was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center but died shortly after.
"I think I was the last person to see him in the house. He came in to my room. He said he was heading out. Later we found out," his sister Katherine Herrera said.
Several family members, including his father, mother, stepfather and stepmother, begged for the public's help Monday.
“We came over here to ask the community for help, to help us on this hard day, this hard time," his father William Herrera said. "We are picking up the pieces of our hearts. We are trying to put together our lives with one of the missing members of our family -- one of the steps that we used to become a better family everyday and we’re just heart broken."
The 16-year-old attended Miami Jackson Senior High School, where he was a straight-A student. Police and his family said he never caused trouble.
"He was still in that stage that we describe as that childlike wonder of the world you know," said Eldys Diaz, of the Miami Police Department. "Everything about what I have seen from this young man tells me that he was just a sweet kid."
"I just want to take him to the end, put him to rest and look forward to finding whoever did this to him," his brother Alejandro Campos said. "And look forward as a family to coming more together as we were."
Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.